Johnnie & The Lowdowns

Johnnie & The Lowdowns


Born in 2001 out of the love of the Blues, Johnnie and The Lowdowns keeps true to the roots of Post-War Chicago style Blues, while adding a contemporary twist of their own. It's not about any one player, it's all about the groove. We got your Blues right here!


Born in 2001 out of the love of the Blues, Johnnie and The Lowdowns keeps true to the roots of Post-War Chicago style Blues, while adding a contemporary twist of their own. With over 65 years of combined professional experience in the band, the members of Johnnie and The Lowdowns know that the song is more important than any one member. It's all about the groove.

While avoiding the obvious and overplayed, Johnnie and The Lowdowns still cover a Who's Who of classic Blues greats. They pay tribute to some of the more contemporary and urban Blues artists.

Johnnie and The Lowdowns also mixes in a healthy dose of original material, ranging in styles from straight ahead Blues, to Swing, Roots Rock and the many styles of R&B. The variety of music played will ensure that there is something for everyone, including the dancers in the crowd.

The one compliment that Johnnie and The Lowdowns is the most proud of, "You don't sound like all the other Blues bands around." They have also developed a reputation of putting on a great live show, playing full out, whether it is 20 or 200 in the room.

The band released their first self titled CD in 2004, distributed through Digitone Records . They are currently looking ahead, polishing their live show and writing new material for future releases. Their original slogan still sums it all up, "We got your Blues right here!"

Johnnie and The Lowdowns can play as a four or five piece combo. The four piece combo is more of a Southside Chicago house rocking combo, while the five piece is a traditional Blues ensemble.


5/3/03: Heart of Virginia Festival, Main Stage opening for Buckwheat Zydeco

8/29/03: Blues in The Burg series, opening for Tom Principato

7/10/04: 6th Annual JRBS Blues Fest, featuring Sean Costello

1/10/05: "Sleeping Socks" selected by Alligator Records for their catalogue of available songs

6/18/05: Richmond Beer and Seafood Festival, Main Stage

6/25/05: Choppin' Block Blues Festival featuring Ann Rabson of Saffire

8/13/05: Richmond Roots Revival Headliner

9/11/05: "Blues for The Bayou" benefit featuring Nick Moss and the Flip Tops

11/25/05: Baltimore Blues Challenge, Second place winner out of 12 entries

1/1/06: "Raining in My Heart" chosen by Ken Shaw to be released on "Friends to Lover" CD

5/26/06: Opening Act for Dwayne Burnside

7/8/06: 8th Annual JRBS Blues Fest featuring The Nighthawks

8/18/06: Opening Act for Little Brian and the Zydeco Travellers

9/15/06 Headliner, Recover Feat, Richmond, Va.

10/2/06 Opening Act for Steady Rolling Bob Margolin w/ Nappy Brown


Johnnie and The Lowdowns, April 2004
Blues in the Schools Compilation CD, 2004

Oasis Blues Compilation, 2005

Richmond Roots Revival 1st Anniversary Compilation, 2005

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Set List

We have 20+ originals, as well as a large repetoire of blues classics. We can play any length show needed from a 45 minute opener to 3 one hour sets.

Here is a selection of the blues classics from our repetoire.

Muddy Waters: 40 Days, Walking Through the Park, I Want to be Loved, Don’t Go No Further
B.B. King: How Blue Can You Get, You Upset Me Babe, Sweet Little Angel
Willie Dixon: Spoonful, Wang Dang Doodle
Howlin Wolf: Killing Floor, Smokestack Lightnin
Elmore James: Talk to Me Baby, Shake Your Moneymaker, Stranger Blues, Fine Little Mama
Son Seals: Funky Bitch
David Bromberg: Helpless Blues, I Will not be Your Fool
JB Hutto: Shy Voice
Charlie Musselwhite: Harpin’ on a Riff
Junior Wells: Messing with the Kid, Early in the Morning, Help Me
Houndog Taylor: Give Me Back My Wig, It's Allright
RL Burnside: My Eyes Keep Me in Trouble
Junior Parker: Next Time You See Me